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Carol Adams
A Feminist-vegetarian Ethic
We get movements that try to expand the definition of human because the recognition is that when something is defined as not human it does not have to be taken seriously -- it can be abused, it can be misused...

Steven Best, PhD
Academic Activist and Activist Academic
I have begun to address urgent issues raised by environmentalism and animal rights from the standpoints of critical theory, feminism, cultural studies, postmodern theory, deep ecology, and normative ethics...
    S Best '05 -- August 2005. Steven Best -- A Friend of Animals, or a Friend of Terrorists. By Scott Smallwood.

Carol Buckley
The Elephant Sanctuary
I was drawn to elephants by their intelligence -- especially their ability to comprehend ideas. The other thing that drew me to elephants was their natural curiosity...

Michael Budkie
Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN)
The tools I learned from Michael set me on a path that gave me a better understanding of dealing with the issues that faced us here and a way to solve the problems on a different level...

Ned Buyukmihci
Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights
A dreamer and a pragmatist, Dr. Ned retired this past spring from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where he'd been a thorn in the administration's side for more than two decades...

Lawrence Carter-Long
Poster Brat
Working as both the Network Coordinator for the Disabilities Network of New York City and Issues Specialist for In Defense of Animals, a national animal advocacy organization based in Mill Valley, CA Lawrence has dedicated his life to promoting progress primarily in the areas of animal protection and disability rights...

Doris Day
Doris Day Animal League and Doris Day Animal Foundation
Today, Doris Day's full-time career is her work with animals, and her non-profit organizations, the Doris Day Animal League and the Doris Day Animal Foundation...

Neda Demayo
Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary
At the age of six, Neda saw wild horses being chased by helicopters on television. Even then she understood that she was witnessing an unjust act leveled upon innocent, free creatures. On that day, a child made a promise to America's wild horses: that when she grew up they would have a home. And she feels just as strongly today as she did then...

Pat Derby
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Soon, requests started pouring in: Could the sanctuary take a lion confiscated by local police? A bear that had grown too big for its owner to handle? Inbred tigers treated wretchedly by an unlicensed breeding mill?...

Chris DeRose
Last Chance for Animals
"If you heard somebody screaming for help next door, wouldn't you try to do something? Sure you would. You'd come running even if you couldn't actually hear the screams, especially if you knew that person was being tortured to death and needed your help -- and the animals are screaming for our help, right now"...

Michael W. Fox, DSc, PhD, BVet Med, MRCVS
Holistic Health Care and Bioethics
Dr. Fox is known as a sharp and eloquent critic of the biotechnology industry as a whole and of the FDA and USDA in particular. As a professor, bioethicist, and veterinarian, Dr. Fox has spearheaded the movement to foster the ethical treatment of animals since 1976...

Bruce Friedrich
Director of Vegan Campaigns, PETA
Bruce became concerned about animals that are slaughtered for food while growing up in Minnesota and Oklahoma, where he often saw trucks transporting turkeys, chickens, pigs, and cows through bitter Minnesota winters and the sweltering Oklahoma summers...

Ray Greek, M.D.
Founder, Americans for Medical Advancement
Dr. Ray Greek is a physician who is board certified in anesthesiology and sub-specialty certified in Pain Management. He was an instructor at two of the United States' most prestigious medical schools and has published in the medical literature. He has performed experiments on animals and research with humans...

Leo Grillo
Founder, DELTA Rescue (Dedication & Everlasting Love to Animals)
Grillo heads DELTA, the largest no-kill, care-for-life animal shelter in the world located in Southern California, an organization that rescues animals abandoned in the wilderness...

Alex Hershaft
FARM, Farm Animal Reform Movement
The Great American Meatout
In the summer of 1981, Dr. Alex Hershaft organized 'Action For Life,' a national conference that launched the US animal rights movement. Shortly thereafter, he gave up a successful career in environmental management and an affluent suburban lifestyle to devote his full attention to exposing and ending animal abuse and other destructive impacts of animal agriculture...

Bob Hunter
Co-founder, Greenpeace
The discussion at hand: how to put pressure on the United States, the rapacious neighbour to the south, to end its nuclear testing programme in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. It was the beginning of Greenpeace...

Kevin Jonas
Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty
Upon my first visit to the shelter I was overwhelmed... Willy came home with me the next day to start a new life. It is ironic that I ended up with a beagle. Seven days a week I spend all my time fighting to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences, which uses beagles just like Willy to test on, violate, mutilate, and murder...

Lisa Leitten
Lisa Leitten is finished living her double life. For the past three years, the soft-spoken, 30-year old moved from Missouri to Texas to Virginia, applying for jobs at businesses dealing with animals. What she didn't reveal was that she was also working for an animal welfare organization...

Howard Lyman
The Mad Cowboy, President & Founder, Voice for a Viable Future
I have farmed thousands of acres of grain and reproduced a herd of over one thousand commercial beef cows. In addition to raising cows, I have raised chickens, pigs, and turkeys. I have also grown crops such as wheat, barley, oats, corn, alfalfa, and grass...

Jim Mason
Jim Mason
Jim Mason is an author (An Unnatural Order: Why We Are Destroying the Planet and Each Other, Animal Factories, In Defense of Animals), lecturer, journalist, environmentalist, and attorney who specializes in human/animal concerns...

Jeffrey Masson
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
We learned that there was no serious attempt to look at animal emotions since Darwin's book in 1872. Younger scientists learned that there were some questions that would not advance their careers and they turned away from them: animal emotions was one of those questions...

Rich McLellan
Animal Legislative Action Network
For years, Rich McLellan has been pushing a futuristic solution to the number of stray animals in California. "The fact that we don't have identities for dogs and cats other than a tag -- which can be lost -- or anything else is a crime," said McLellan, a retired Los Angeles emergency room doctor who runs an animal advocacy group. "We have identities for microwaves"...

Ingrid Newkirk
Co-founder, PETA
She often wears sporty, casual clothes, and at first glance looks more like a soccer mum than one of the country's more widely reviled political activists. That humans take advantage of other animals in any way, simply because we are stronger or smarter, Peta sees as the abiding moral outrage of our time...
    Ingrid on Ebay Nov. 2005. Ingrid auctioned on Ebay. PETA answers questions from bidders.

Wayne Pacelle
CEO, Humane Society of the United States
The 38-year-old Connecticut native was elected Chief Executive Officer-Designate of The Humane Society of the United States in the fall of 2004. He promised to engage a broad range of people in a tireless campaign to protect animals, which he called "one of the most important moral causes of this age"...

Kit Paraventi
A vegetarian from the age of five, Kit felt very much the way a lot of people feel: it's wrong to wear animals for fur coats or to eat them, even, but when it comes to human life-saving animal research, one must draw the line....

Tom Regan
Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights
He didn't start out worrying about the rights of the furry and finned to live a full and happy life. As a young man growing up in gritty Pittsburgh, he earned his cash from butchering meat in a store. Today, some 40 years later, Mr. Regan is firmly on the other side of the farmyard fence...

Adolfo Sansolini
CEO, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)
The BUAV says Adolfo Sansolini, a leading Italian animal rights advocate, is passionately anti-violence and not afraid to challenge the negative stereotype that has beset the UK animal rights movement...

Henry Spira
Founder, Animal Rights International
Spira brought half a lifetime of activism in the labor and civil rights movements to the animal rights world when he became involved at the age of 45. His interest in what he once called "the most defenseless of all the world's victims" was aroused when a friend left him with a cat around the time he read Peter Singer's essay "Animal Liberation" in 1973...

Paul Watson
President, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
For Watson, however, courage is not the issue. Working with the Souix at Wounded Knee, a medic amid the hail of bullets, he learned that, in the great scheme of things, what matters is not how long you live, but why you live, what you live for, stand for, and are willing to die for...

Laco Dukovic
An interview with Laco Dukovic, a Slovakian animal rights activist, by Ian Gottstein
 

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